During the weekend of 21-23 April 2017 eight cadets and five senior members participated in an ES/Glider Weekend. The group spent two nights at Camp Wanocksett in Dublin, NH and then traveled to Springfield, VT to participate in Glider O-Flights.
While at Camp Wanocksett the cadets received ground team line search training conducted by Capt Tim Dutton and Capt Doug Winchester. They also took turns launching all model rockets in the squadron's inventory. Some of the rockets returned gracefully to the launch site while others were never seen again. A model rocket is safe in the squadron office gathering dust, but that's not what it's made for.
After lunch the cadets and seniors embarked on a three mile hike on some of the trails at the base of Mt. Monadnock. The group found a spectacular waterfall along with an old rusted out 1950's era Chevy station wagon. Upon return to the cabin, Capt Winchester conducted a introductory class on use of radios. That evening, LtCol "Chef" Platteel cooked up an awesome dinner for all, even sharing with some of the Boy Scouts at the camp.
On Sunday, the cadets went to Hartfield Airport in Springfield, VT for some glider flying, the first glider flight for most. Glider Instructor Pilot, Major Paulo Costa instructed the cadets in the basic safety rules around the gliders and took all cadets for a memorable glider flight. When the cadets were not in the cockpit, they were assisting in ground crew tasks that included ensuring that the tow cables were properly connected and that the aircraft were properly configured for take-off.
Cadet Participants: Chris Kelly, Nick Hodge, Pedro Guerra, Joelle Choiniere, Molly Blast, Melanie Baxter, Cyril Leo (Humphrey Cadet Squadron), Evan Platteel Senior Participants: LtCol Russ Morin, LtCol Mike Platteel, Capt Tim Dutton, Capt Doug Winchester
Command Sergeant Major Promoting his Son
Young EaglesOrganization – EAA: Experimental Aircraft Association CAP members volunteered to help with an EAA sponsored Young Eagles Free Flight event on June 3, 2012, Sunday. The CAP cadet and senior members escorted parents and kids to the planes and introduced the CAP program to both by handing out flyers and answering questions about CAP and what we do. Other members answered questions about the planes and flying, as Capt David Plantier, CAP is shown doing! We also provided introduction to kids using the Nashua Jet Flight Simulator! The EAA sponsors FREE Airplane Rides for 8-17 year old girls and boys. The event was held at Boire Field at Nashua Airport. Kids got to experience the thrill and excitement of flying with a licensed pilot. They received a certificate and a logbook signed by their pilot and their names were entered into the World’s Largest Logbook at EAA headquarters! The pilots provided their time and free flights to those interested! The goal of the Young Eagles program is to provide introductory flights to 100,000 young people each year! For more information, visit their website at: www.youngeagles.org
On May 24, 2012, the Nashua & Manchester squadrons were visited by New England K-9 Search & Rescue: Their mission (from their website) is “To provide, without cost, trained search-and-rescue personnel and K-9’s to the law enforcement agencies of Vermont and New Hampshire to assist them in their efforts to locate the lost and missing. “ Paula Harper and Scott Hamilton brought along their dog and provided a powerpoint presentation of what they do and past rescues. They detailed how they train the dogs to search and then show the rescuers where to look. After they answered questions (more from the senior members than the cadets!) they had their dog do a “mock” search for a “victim”! Paula mentioned the possibility of future training with them and their dogs so watch for CAP “mission” emails on these trainings! For more information, visit their website at: http://www.nek9sar.org/